Baryshnikov, Mikhail, 1948-

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Mikhail Baryshnikov (1948- ) is a Russian-American dancer, choreographer and actor. Born in Riga, he received his early training at the Vaganova Academy in Leningrad. He joined the Kirov ballet in 1967. Recognizing his talent, Soviet choreographers soon began creating works for him. In 1974 while on tour with the Bolshoi ballet, Baryshnikov moved to Canada and joined the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. After appearing as a guest artist with several companies, he began dancing with the New York City Ballet under Balanchine. He also danced with the American Ballet Theatre (ABT), and in 1980 he became the artistic director of ABT, a post he held for ten years.

Baryshnikov's acting credits include the films Turning Point (1977) and White Nights (1985), many television specials, and theatrical turns in Metamorphasis (1989), Forbidden Christmas (2004) and Paris (2007) among others.

In 1990, Baryshnikov founded the White Oak Dance Project with choreographer Mark Morris. The project was created to be the touring component of the Baryshnikov Dance Foundation. Studios were built in Jacksonville, Florida and an emphasis was placed on workshopping and premiering new works in modern dance. The company toured through 2002, when the Baryshnikov Dance Foundation turned its focus to opening the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York City. The Baryshnikov Arts Center opened in 2005 and provides a home for artists to create new work.

Among Baryshnikov's many awards are the Kennedy Center Honors, the National Medal of Honor, the Jerome Robbins Award, and Honorary Degrees from several major universities.

From the guide to the Mikhail Baryshnikov archive, 1960-2010, (The New York Public Library. Jerome Robbins Dance Division.)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Vera Zorina papers, 1910-2001 (inclusive), 1933-2001 (bulk). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Baryshnikov, Mikhail : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf Hackford, Taylor, 1945-. White nights : choreographic notes used by Twyla Tharp in creating the choreography for the movie, 1985. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn George Balanchine archive, 1924-1989 (inclusive), 1961-1983 (bulk). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Tippet, Clark,. Interview with Clark Tippet. New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
creatorOf Baryshnikov, Mikhail, 1948-. Interview with Mikhail Baryshnikov. New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
referencedIn Dolin, Anton, 1904-1983,. Interview with Anton Dolin. New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
referencedIn White Oak Dance Project. [Programs] New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
creatorOf Baryshnikov, Mikhail, 1948-. Pulcinella : choreographic notes, scenarios and research materials used by Twyla Tharp for an unfinished dance project, 1985. Ohio State University Libraries
creatorOf Mikhail Baryshnikov archive, 1960-2010 The New York Public Library. Jerome Robbins Dance Division.
creatorOf Baryshnikov, Mikhail, 1948-. Interview with Mikhail Baryshnikov. New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
referencedIn Winigrad, Allen J.,. Allen J. Winigrad photographs of performing artists, 1973-1989. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Dance scrapbooks, c1951-1978 Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance: Laban Archive
creatorOf Baryshnikov, Mikhail, 1948-. Miscellaneous manuscripts. New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
referencedIn Dance Notation Bureau Collection, 1930- The Ohio State University. Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute.
referencedIn Dunham, Christine,. Gender Project : interview with Christine Dunham. New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
referencedIn Dawley, Ed. Dawley, Ed and Birdie, performing arts collection, 1953-1997. University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn George Balanchine archive, 1924-1989 (inclusive), 1961-1983 (bulk). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Godunov, Alexander, 1949-1995,. Interview with Alexander Godunov. New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
referencedIn Photographs of Mikhail Baryshnikov. University of Leeds, Brotherton Library, Leeds University Library
referencedIn Tharp, Twyla,. Interview with Twyla Tharp. New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
creatorOf Alʹbert, G. (Gennadiĭ). Alexander Pushkin : the school of classical dance / by Gennady Albert ; translated by Antonina W. Bouis. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Baryshnikov, Mikhail, 1948-. Interview with Mikhail Baryshnikov. New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
creatorOf Baryshnikov, Mikhail, 1948-. Correspondence, 1981-1982. 5 items.NDENCE 1981 1982. New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
referencedIn Mikhail Baryshnikov collection, [ca. 1970-ongoing]. Museum of Performance & Design
referencedIn Kirstein, Lincoln, 1907-1996. Autograph and typed letters and notes (29) : New York, to John M. Thayer, 1976-1989. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Walter Terry papers, 1913-1982 The New York Public Library. Jerome Robbins Dance Division.
referencedIn De la Peña, George,. Interview with George de la Peña. New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
referencedIn Stravinsky-Diaghilev Foundation research files, 1920-1989. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Records of the Office of the Staff Secretary. 1976 - 1981. Presidential Files. 1977 - 1981. 2/26/79 [2]
referencedIn Lucia Chase papers, circa 1899-1982 The New York Public Library. Jerome Robbins Dance Division.
referencedIn Winigrad, Allen J.,. Allen J. Winigrad slides of performing artists, 1973-1989. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn Ed and Birdie Dawley Performing Arts Collection 2009-237., 1953-1997 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
referencedIn Photographs of Mikhail Baryshnikov, 1960-1979 GB 206 Leeds University Library
referencedIn Yevtushenko, Yevgeny Aleksandrovich, 1933-. Papers, ca. 1920-1999, ca. 1945-1997 Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
referencedIn Baryshnikov, Mikhail [clippings]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Twyla Tharp Archive, 1963-1997 The Ohio State University. Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute.
referencedIn Howard, Alan, 1930-. Alan Howard papers, 1924-2002, bulk 1980-2002. Newberry Library
referencedIn Arthur Unger collection of recorded interviews [sound recording] The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
creatorOf Baryshnikov, Mikhail, 1948-. Interview with Mikhail Baryshnikov. New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
referencedIn Baryshnikov Dance Foundation [clippings]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
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associatedWith Chase, Lucia, 1897-1986 person
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associatedWith Dawley, Birdie. person
associatedWith Dawley, Ed. person
associatedWith Dawley, Ed. person
associatedWith De la Peña, George, person
associatedWith Dolin, Anton, 1904-1983, person
associatedWith Dunham, Christine, person
associatedWith Godunov, Alexander, 1949-1995, person
associatedWith Gruen, John, person
associatedWith Howard, Alan, 1930- person
associatedWith Kirstein, Lincoln, 1907-1996. person
associatedWith known, Not person
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associatedWith Pérez Márquez, Agelia M. person
associatedWith Simone Michelle; Pauline Ryall; Peter Lancelot WIlliams; Dierdre McMahon person
associatedWith Stravinsky-Diaghilev Foundation. corporateBody
correspondedWith Terry, Walter person
associatedWith Tharp, Twyla. person
associatedWith Tippet, Clark, person
associatedWith Unger, Arthur person
associatedWith White Oak Dance Project. corporateBody
associatedWith Winigrad, Allen J., person
associatedWith Yevtushenko, Yevgeny person
associatedWith Zorina, Vera. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Riga 25 LV
Subject
Ballet--20th century
Modern dance
Ballet--Russia
Choreographers
Ballet--United States
Occupation
Dancers
Ballet dancers
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Person

Birth 1948-01-27

Male

Americans

English,

Russian

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